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NEW DELHI: Because of the parliament elections in India from April till middle of May, some initial matches of the seventh Pepsi Indian Premier League will be played in UAE, according to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).
The IPL will kick off on April 16 and last till June 1. In all, there will 60 matches over 47 days.
Bangladesh is also being kept on standby in case matches are shifted there.
Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Sharjah will be the venues of matches from April 16 to 30.
In a statement, BCCI secretary Sanjay Patel said, “The BCCI is pleased to announce that the 2014 Pepsi IPL season will start on Wednesday 16th April 2014, and conclude on Sunday, 1st June 2014.
“From Wednesday 16th April to Wednesday 30th April, at least 16 matches will be held in the United Arab Emirates. BCCI is very grateful to the Emirates Cricket Board, its Chairman, HH Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan, and the government of the UAE for their offer of wholehearted support to host the Pepsi IPL for this period.’’
Matches will begin in India from May 13 when the final phase of the parliament elections will be over.
The BCCI statement said, “From Tuesday 13th May (once polling has concluded in all states), the remaining league matches plus the Playoffs will be played in India. There will be no matches scheduled on the counting day of Friday, 16th May. BCCI will take the advice of the authorities if any further restrictions are required around the counting day.
“A detailed match schedule for the Pepsi IPL 2014 season will be sent out soon.’’
Interestingly, the BCCI had snapped all cricketing ties with the UAE after the match-fixing scandal of 2000.